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  • Understanding D/d Ratio

    The D/d Ratio is the ratio of the diameter around which the sling is bent, divided by the body diameter of the sling. Passing a sling—synthetic or other—around a load can provide support by creating a cradle, but you must make sure that it is securely attached. Therefore, you must understand D/d ratio. The all-important Read more
  • Spreader Bar vs. Lifting Beams

    Spreader bars and lifting beams are effective pieces of equipment if you need to lift or move large and heavy objects or large fragile loads. They are used to stabilise and support the load during an overhead lift. They are covered within the scope of AS 4991. Lifting Beams and Spreader Bars are attached to Read more
  • Why Use Safety Netting?

    Falls from heights is the number one cause of fatalities on construction sites, with most serious and fatal falls being from roofs, ladders and scaffolds – and from a height of 4 metres or less. Height Safety Fall Arrest Netting is one safety solution that can prevent such falls. The netting can also be overlaid with a small Read more
  • Using Your Chain Block

    A Chain Block (also known as a chain hoist) is a tool used to lift and lower heavy loads using a chain. Chain blocks contain two wheels which the chain is wound around. When the chain is pulled, it winds around the wheels and begins to lift the item that is attached to the chain Read more
  • Shackles Explained

    Shackles are U-shaped pieces of metal with a pin along the non-curved side. Shackles are used to lift, secure and rig heavy loads, where they act as the final link in a connection chain or sling setup. Shackles are advantageous if wanting to make a robust physical connection between the load-lifting device (typically a hoist Read more
  • What is A Jib Crane?

    A jib crane is a type of overhead lifting device that’s often used in a smaller work cell area for repetitive and unique lifting tasks. The jib crane has a horizontal member (known as jib or boom) that supports a moveable hoist fixed to a wall or to a floor-mounted pillar. The jib may swing Read more
  • Self-Retracting Lifelines | Inspection Checklist

    Self-retracting lifelines (SRL) must be inspected before each use, annually inspected by a competent person and recertified every five years. Without inspections and maintenance schedules, equipment failures can have major impacts upon a business including unscheduled outages, increased cost and most importantly, major safety hazards resulting in injury or loss of life. SRL’s that are Read more